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Backyard Bird Watcher

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Jul 27, 2021, 2:37 PM
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-- is my main job. Sitting on the porch with tunes, a cold adult beverage (beer), and my binoculars keeps me happy. Have the Clemson Spring game playing out here right now.

If you are like me, too often you take the birds you see every day for granted. I get excited seeing a new bird or one seen less. I often fail to see how truly beautiful and colorful something like a Cardinal is.

Here are two in the yard now - a Goldfinch (have a million all year) and a Red-bellied Woodpecker (seen many many times every day).
When you take time to notice these or most birds --> beautiful!





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.... how many trombones led the big parade ?


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Jul 27, 2021, 2:46 PM
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Still think the Painted Bunting is one of the prettiest, and there are many that frequent our yard.

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Jul 27, 2021, 2:52 PM
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this is greatly enlarged, but you get the idea of what they look like...

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Jul 27, 2021, 3:00 PM
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A few more...of course the Osprey was not in my yard, but the others were...

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Jul 27, 2021, 5:21 PM
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I caught these two hummingbirds fighting a few inches off the ground...one was in focus, the other was not!

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Jul 27, 2021, 5:24 PM
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A beach shot that I waited about 15 minutes for the birds to get in the right place...

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Jul 27, 2021, 5:53 PM
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Birds ALWAYS look better with purple and orange background. You deserve more TNUPS

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Jul 27, 2021, 5:25 PM
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Don't worry ladies, I'll protect you!

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Jul 27, 2021, 5:26 PM
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Who will make the first move?

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Jul 28, 2021, 11:38 AM
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I have always wanted to see one of these painted buntings but none so far but don't live down in SC

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ainted Bunting

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Jul 27, 2021, 4:39 PM
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All birds are interesting if you make time to notice.
Off my porch have IDed and photoed over 120 as the Savanna River is a flyway from the Blue Ridge. Great bird watching is in the Clemson area.

In the Upstate the Painted Bunting has been seen, but not by me. I believe I have seen the female, but maybe not. I see the Indigo Bunting often. I have seen and photoed PBs many times when camping at Huntington Beach State Park which is heaven for a bird watcher.

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.... how many trombones led the big parade ?


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Jul 27, 2021, 2:47 PM
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Very nice! Yesterday, bewilderingly, I made a 5-minute video of Red-Tailed Hawk sitting on my back stair railing making raptor like sounds. I could not believe it. I also have like 3 other 1-min videos because I was working just could not capture a whole 30-45 minute video...Even though I WFH, I don't like work interrupting my spectacular bird-watching.

Thanks for your pics.

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Jul 27, 2021, 2:56 PM
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The RTH was eating a baby hatching of Northern Mockingbird and so the mother Mockingbird was ineffectively darting all around the RTHawk. It did not care at all.

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Jul 27, 2021, 2:58 PM
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I miss my acreage out in Hartsville. I’d fire up my tractor to go bush hog my pasture and my local red tail would show up promptly. I started by cutting about 8 passes around the perimeter. Then I’d make a few passes through the interior and watch the show as the mice and rats ran out of the cover.

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Jul 27, 2021, 2:51 PM
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Like to watch them myself. Seen a few in the Darlington/Florence area for the first time in the last couple years. First was a Summer Tanager a few years back. Last year it was a Red Breasted Grossbeak. I really enjoy it when the hummingbirds show up each year.

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Jul 27, 2021, 3:00 PM
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A couple months ago, i had a Starling build a nest in a bush outside my house. She deposited 4 Carolina blue eggs there and it took about 2 weeks for them to break open. i watched the chicks grow for another 2 weeks, but one morning soon after, they were gone without a trace.

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I had the covid this past march

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Jul 27, 2021, 3:03 PM
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very mild symptoms, but had to stay home for two weeks. didn't have a lot of energy, so I would sit on the back deck and be completely enamored with the birds on the bird feeder. Made a point to identify them, which was pretty easy with an Iphone and internet. Carolina Wren, Carolina chicadee, tufted tit-mouse, brown headed cow bird, house finch, goldfinch, and of course Cardinals.

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a cardinal in the snow is a sight to behold***

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Jul 27, 2021, 3:04 PM
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You have it good up there

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Jul 27, 2021, 3:12 PM
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Bird species in Florida are far more dangerous and should be avoided.







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Jul 27, 2021, 3:16 PM
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I was bitten by a flying squirrel cleaning out my bluebird boxes. Does that count for anything?

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Jul 27, 2021, 3:24 PM
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Bird species in Florida are far more dangerous and should be avoided.










Ahhh, the always dangerous pterodactyl. I have an extermination method for those...

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Jul 27, 2021, 10:32 PM
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Sandhill cranes are monogamous. With the way they look, that is probably the wise play.

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That last one is nightmare material.***

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Jul 27, 2021, 4:46 PM
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The mother is protecting her young behind her

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Jul 27, 2021, 4:59 PM
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NM the kid in helmet with dirt bike.....just pay attention to baby aerodactyl behind her mother....gosh

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Jul 27, 2021, 5:33 PM
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They aren't much to look at, but they are fine table fare.

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Jul 27, 2021, 5:36 PM
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At least they aren't Canadian Geese. Come on man.

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or #####***

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Re: or gamecocks******

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Jul 28, 2021, 8:10 AM
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I've seen sandhills carry off small children before, it is gut-wrenching to watch.

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Jul 28, 2021, 8:20 AM
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I've seen sandhills carry off small children before, it is gut-wrenching to watch.



Lol. I have had to pull one off of a retriever more than once. They actually make goggles fitted for dogs to hunt cranes.

https://www.rexspecs.com/blogs/news/the-bird-that-bites-back-hunting-the-sandhill-crane


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Jul 27, 2021, 3:57 PM
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My Beagle helped me build a place off the deck high up in the trees where I sit.
I have it all in this tiny bird watching place -- beer freezer, computer, high end audio, and a great view of my yard and the Tugaloo River. In Winter with no leaves, can see Georgia from my chair.

Here I am on a game day:

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.... how many trombones led the big parade ?


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Jul 27, 2021, 4:36 PM
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I love the them orange overalls! Beautiful

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Jul 27, 2021, 6:32 PM
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Love the orange overalls too! Let’s hope they don’t trigger da Judge LOL.

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Jul 27, 2021, 10:38 PM
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We have the woodpeckers--a family of three.

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Jul 28, 2021, 10:02 AM
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The videos are too large but I made a pic for you!

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Jul 28, 2021, 11:40 AM
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I do in mainly in the winter with my feeders but I take the feeders down during the summer

We do have goldfinches and other finches as well as woodpeckers, etc. We have had several different hawks actually killing some of the birds at the feeders

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Jul 28, 2021, 11:42 AM
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Saw some blue herons last week playing golf

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Jul 30, 2021, 9:24 AM
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What brand clubs were the herons using? LOL!

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Jul 30, 2021, 1:15 PM
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I would suspect Top Flight.

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